Richard Spires

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DHS Releases Career Guidance For IT Professionals

Brittany Ballenstedt | Nextgov | February 12, 2013

Many experts have long concluded that the federal government lacks a clear career path for federal IT professionals, making it difficult for government to effectively compete for and retain these professionals. But the Homeland Security Department is hoping to change that... Read More »

Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) moving forward with 'Open Source' provisions

Jason Miller | Federal News Radio | March 21, 2013

The first major rewrite of the laws that govern how federal agencies oversee and manage information technology [IT] is one step closer to becoming law...The bill calls on OMB to issue guidance that focuses on open source in several ways...[Issa] added that building on open source when possible opens the door to more vendors who innovate and offer new technologies...

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Open Source Software Is Common At DHS

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | February 28, 2013

Open source is present across much of Homeland Security’s technology portfolio, [Department Chief Information Officer Richard] Spires said, and the agency expects to use more open source in the future. Much of the software is secure enough to be integrated into major systems, he said. Read More »

The Next Four Years In Government It Will Be About Implementation

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | November 7, 2012

President Obama’s two campaign themes -- change in 2008 and forward in 2012 -- could just as easily describe the government’s likely approach to information technology during his two terms, analysts told Nextgov on Wednesday.

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